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The Ultimate Fighter 29, Episode 7 results: Josh Rettinghouse vs. Brady Hiestand

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Brady Hiestand and Josh Rettinghouse are friends outside of the cage, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by how they threw down on the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter 29.

The Washington natives went the distance in a gritty back-and-forth battle that required a “sudden victory” round to determine the winner. Thanks to a solid right hand and timely wrestling, it was Hiestand (5-1)* who walked out with the split decision victory to advance to the second round of the TUF 29 bantamweight tournament.

Hiestand came out of the gates firing, connecting with a hard right to start the fight and pressing forward into grappling range. He consistently got the better of the grappling exchanges, shaking off Rettinghouse’s slams and scrambles to take Rettinghouse’s back. A deep choke from Hiestand looked like it might end the fight, but Rettinghouse broke that grip. Hiestand closed out the round in top position.

The second round was a clear 10-9 for Rettinghouse as he battered his TUF 29 roommate on the feet. Rettinghouse blasted a lunging Hiestand with a knee right to the jaw, which set the tone for the rest of the round that saw Rettinghouse make him pay over and over again for his careless entries with fast punches.

With the scores tied, a third round was required and the action was incredibly tight. Rettinghouse had a slight edge on the feet as he repeatedly found a home for his right hand, landing hooks and uppercuts. However, Hiestand’s right hand also continued to land and his wrestling served him well as he spent a large chunk of the deciding round glued to Rettinghouse’s back to neutralize his offense.

The split call in Hiestand’s favor was the first split decision this season. Rettinghouse (16-5), a past title challenger for M-1 Global and the World Series of Fighting (now the PFL) fell short in his first fight since October 2019.

Coach Alexander Volkanovski’s team has won three straight fights now, while Brian Ortega’s team still holds on to a 4-3 lead with one opening round middleweight bout remaining: Team Volkanovski’s Gilbert Urbina vs. Team Ortega’s Miles Hunsinger.

Here are the first-round results so far:

Andre Petroski def. Aaron Phillips via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 4:42

Liudvik Sholinian def. Mitch Raposo via decision

Tresean Gore def. Ryder Newman via decision

Vince Murdock def. Dustin Lampros via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:40

Bryan Battle def. Kemran Lachinov via decision

Ricky Turcios def. Dan Argueta via decision

Brady Hiestand def. Josh Rettinghouse via decision

On next week’s episode, Team Volkanovski’s Gilbert Urbina fights Team Ortega’s Miles Hunsinger.

*TUF bouts are considered exhibitions and the results do not affect the fighters’ official records.


Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter is being coached by UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega. A bout between the two is being targeted for UFC 266 on Sept. 4.

The finalists of the TUF 29 middleweight and bantamweight tournaments will compete for a six-figure UFC contract at a finale event with a date still to be announced.

Here is the TUF 29 roster divided by team:

Team Volkanovski

Middleweights
Bryan Battle
Ryder Newman
Aaron Phillips
Gilbert Urbina

Bantamweights
Brady Hiestand
Dustin Lampros
Mitch Raposo
Ricky Turcios

Team Ortega

Middleweights
Tresean Gore
Miles Hunsinger
Kemran Lachinov
Andre Petroski

Bantamweights
Daniel Argueta
Vince Murdock
Josh Rettinghouse
Liudvik Sholinian

Advancing to Round 2: Petroski, Sholinian, Gore, Murdock, Battle, Turcios, Hiestand

Eliminated: Phillips, Raposo, Newman, Lampros, Lachinov, Argueta, Rettinghouse